Fisheries Technician 1 – Tagging Trailer Assistant

Pacific States Marine Fisheries Commission
Red Bluff, CA
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Temporary/Seasonal Positions
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Position/Project Specifics: The Trailer Assistant conducts the manual adipose fin-clipping and coded-wire tagging on juvenile salmon and steelhead. Some of the fish on the early projects will also receive a ventral clip. The majority of the work is done with an automated fish-marking trailer and the Trailer Assistant is responsible for the operation of the manual section of the trailer. The Trailer Assistant also helps the Trailer Operator with various tasks such as crowding or bucketing fish, changing outflow discharge pipe, AutoFish Trailer disinfection, etc. The work is done at several different anadromous hatcheries throughout Northern California. Anticipated start date is 2/13/2023. Duties include: Assist in operating and maintaining Autofish mobile marking trailers, including setup and tear down at hatchery sites for the purpose of marking/ tagging hatchery fish Manually clipping adipose fins and coded-wire tagging various salmonid species Conduct the disinfection process of the AutoFish trailers, PIT tag trailer, and associated equipment Operate computers and software programs associated with mobile Autofish trailer Travel to hatcheries throughout northern California will require extended overnight stays. Assist with maintenance of fish including feeding fish, cleaning tanks, establishing feeding schedules, assessing growth, and monitoring fish health. Essential Functions:  Support captive fish rearing activities including spawning, incubating, feeding, sampling, sorting, handling, medicating, anesthetizing, and transporting fish. Monitor the status of facility systems and equipment. Assist in development, fabrication, construction, and maintenance of systems. Make regular facility inspections including, for example, dewatering equipment, pumps, flumes, gates, tanks, screens, filters, gatewells, and/or tag interrogation equipment. Monitor and maintain water quality levels. Record findings and adjustments made. Respond appropriately and immediately to emergencies.  Knowledge Required by the position: Knowledge of fishery biology Knowledge of fish husbandry Knowledge of personal computer applications such as word processing, spreadsheets, e-mail Additional Mandatory Skills: lift 40-50 lbs. valid driver's license tow & maneuver trailers fish species ID skills Physical Demands: Demands can range from moderate --where there is walking, climbing stairs and ladders, reaching, lifting, bending, and strenuous sweeping-- to rigorous.  In the latter case, the incumbent must be able to handle buckets of water or gear weighing up to 50 pounds.  Long daily periods of carrying equipment and/or standing may be required.  Overnight travel for extended periods is required.   Work Environment: A portion of the work is performed in an office setting with adequate lighting, heating and ventilation.  The majority is performed in fish processing labs, fish holding areas, and/or in the field.  Incumbents may work on narrow, elevated walkways and platforms that are over or adjacent to water.   
Minimum Qualification Requirements: A range of experience and education may be presented.  At the lower end of the range, candidates must present six months of General Experience* OR one year of education above the high school level that included at least six semester hours in any combination of scientific or technical courses.  An equivalent combination of experience and education is also qualifying. At the upper end of the range, candidates must present one year of Specialized Experience** OR a 4-year course of study above high school leading to a bachelor's degree with a major or at least 24 semester hours of coursework in any combination of scientific or technical courses.  An equivalent combination of experience and education is also qualifying. *General Experience is (1) any type of work that demonstrates the applicant's ability to perform the work of the position or (2) experience that provided a familiarity with biological sciences or the processes of the biological sciences. **Specialized Experience is experience that equips the applicant with the knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform successfully the duties of the position and is typically in or related to the work of the position being filled.
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